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Keegan, Victor

Victor Keegan is the editor of the Guardian's technology section, Online, and an assistant editor of the Guardian. ...

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The Guardian - United Kingdom | 24/08/2007

'Silver surfers' make waves on the net

Ofcom, the communications regulator, has found that 'Silver surfers' over the age of 65 spend more time on the web (42 hours a week) than any other group. Victor Keegan, editor of the daily's technology section, responds: "The biggest opportunity for older people is to colonise one of the new social websites such as Facebook. These are all the rage with younger people, but it is when people grow older and more socially isolated - as relationships at work fade and the difficulty of travelling increases - that they are most in need of these networks. Older people don't want a ghetto created for them saying 'If you are old, come here'; they want to keep up with friends but also to make contact with other people, of whatever age, with whom they share an interest. Age may be something you have in common, but it is not a common interest. Social sites also offer tantalising political opportunities. A third of people eligible to vote are over 55, and they are twice as likely to vote as younger people."

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